Ret. Lt. Col. Jay E Baker, 84, died Dec. 27, 2014, at Rockwall.
Jay’s memorial will be held at Roller Funeral Home, Mountain Home, Ark., at 10 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Kenneth Taglauer officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain Home Cemetery. Visitation with family is today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Jay was born July 14, 1930, in Cotter, Ark., to Hugh and Irma Matthews Baker. He graduated from Mountain Home High School and attended Arkansas Tech University for two years. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in zoology. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Jay joined the Aviation Cadet Program in January of 1953 and received his commission and wings on March 14, 1954. Jay flew the F86, F84, F100 and flew 146 combat missions over North Vietnam and Laos in the F105.
He married Kitty Lauritzen in Vermillion, S.D., on June 5, 1955. Jay and his family returned to Mountain Home where he raised cattle and Missouri Fox Trotters. He had a deep and lasting love for Mountain Home and the Baxter County area. In August 2014, due to Jay’s declining health, he and Kitty moved to Rockwall to be near their children and grandchildren.
A loving husband and father, Jay is survived by his wife, Kitty, one daughter, Belinda Lee Stephens and husband Doug of Rockwall; two sons, Jay E Baker II of Dallas, William Clay Baker and wife Nan of Heath; five granddaughters, Chelsea Stephens, Brianna Baker, Aubrey Baker, Ainsley Baker, and Kaj Baker; one grandson Ayden Clay Baker; and one great-granddaughter, Cassidy Lee Stephens, all of Texas; two nephews, one niece and many cousins.
Jay was preceded in death by a daughter, Boletta Ann Baker; his parents and his sister, Jerry Lee Baker Kane.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the Mountain Home Cemetery or Redeemer Lutheran Church.
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